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Bowl-a-Thon to benefit Boys and Girls Clubs

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Neighborhood Boys and Girls Clubs will conduct a Buckaroo Bowl-a-Thon this weekend with the grand prize a trip to Disneyland. The event will begin at noon Saturday at Stars Recreation Center, 155 Browns Valley Parkway, Vacaville. The team that brings in the largest amount of pledges will win the Disneyland trip. Individual and team trophies will be awarded for the highest […]

March 16, 2015 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Garamendi: Drought, climate change link unclear

VACAVILLE — The drought may be connected to climate change, Rep. John Garamendi said Thursday – and while the precise relation is unknown, climate change is real and dramatically affecting everything, the congressman said. “We don’t really need to say ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ ” he said of the link between the drought and changes in […]

March 13, 2015 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Healthier Living workshop stills has openings

VACAVILLE — There are still a few openings for a series of free Healthier Living workshops that aim to improve the quality of life for anyone with a chronic health condition. The workshops start Friday in Vallejo on Friday and Tuesday in Vacaville. Organizers said participants in the Living Your Best Life workshops will find practical information to manage chronic conditions that […]

March 13, 2015 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Car crashes through front of business

VACAVILLE — An employee at a Vacaville salon narrowly escaped injury when a car crashed through the front of the business Wednesday morning, according to police. The car plowed through the front of the Eiffel Tower Nail-Spa on the 1000 block of Hume Way when an elderly driver’s foot apparently slipped off the brake and […]

March 12, 2015 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Bowl-a-thon to benefit Boys and Girls Club

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Neighborhood Boys and Girls Clubs will conduct a Buckaroo Bowl-a-Thon with the grand prize a trip to Disneyland. The event will begin at noon at March 21 at Stars Recreation Center, 155 Browns Valley Parkway, Vacaville. The team that brings in the largest amount of pledges will win the Disneyland trip. Those who wish to take part have […]

March 12, 2015 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Vacaville council eyes staffing levels that leave workers ‘burned out’

VACAVILLE — Consolidating some city departments and administrators is among steps Vacaville should consider, Mayor Len Augustine said of adding positions to a city workforce that’s said to be stressed and in need of more full-time employees after years of cuts. “We need to do something,” Augustine said. “There’s not going to be an easy solution.” […]

March 11, 2015 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Council delays home chicken-keeping review

VACAVILLE — Discussion about changes to home chicken-keeping in the city was tabled Tuesday to a future meeting after Backyard Hens of Vacaville asked to continue the matter. A measure to ease regulations is under review in the city but Backyard Hens said several members were not able to attend Tuesday’s council meeting. No date […]

March 11, 2015 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Job cuts leave Vacaville staff stressed, city manager says

VACAVILLE — The city has cut 112 employees over the past five years – a workforce that now cannot meet service demands, leaves employees stressed and the city will likely need additional full-time positions, Vacaville City Manager Laura Kuhn says. “The city has done a variety of things to reduce spending, including departmental cuts, salary […]

March 09, 2015 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Ducks Unlimited schedules yearly dinner

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will have their annual dinner in April. Ducks Unlimited for the past 78 years has been leading the way in wetlands conservation, according to a press release to announce the annual dinner. This year’s dinner will be catered by Silver Sage Catering and will include a raffle, live […]

March 08, 2015 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Singer-songwriter contest field narrows with 1 tryout left

VACAVILLE — The field for the finals of the 2015 Singer-Songwriters Competition is nearly set after four weeks of tryouts. Winners from the fourth set of tryouts Wednesday were Joe and Elizabeth, Derek Phelps and David Hayward. All are qualifiers for the finals March 18 at the Theatre DeVille. A crowd of about 70 people took in […]

March 08, 2015 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Prom dress giveaway returns to Vacaville

VACAVILLE — The Tau Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. will host the eighth annual Free Prom Dress Giveaway in April. The event will take place from 9 a.m to noon April 4 at Orchard Avenue Baptist Church, 301 N. Orchard Ave. in Vacaville. Only currently enrolled high school juniors and seniors will be admitted, with a valid […]

March 08, 2015 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Docs: No significant impact from tons of SF waste sent to Solano

VACAVILLE — Sending 1,200 tons of solid waste daily from San Francisco to a site east of Vacaville could not significantly affect the environment, the San Francisco Planning Department says.

The agreement between San Francisco and Recology would, over about 15 years, transport up to 5 million tons of waste from San Francisco to the Recology Hay Road Landfill in Solano County near Rio Dixon Road.

Sarah B. Jones, director of environmental planning for San Francisco, said . .

Vacaville police slate annual awards ceremony

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Police Department will host its annual awards ceremony March 25 at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre. The ceremony recognizes the efforts of the department’s sworn and nonsworn employees as well as residents who have demonstrated a willingness to assist in keeping their community safe, according to a city press release. Awards to […]

March 05, 2015 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

World War II spy shares tales of work behind enemy lines

VACAVILLE — In vivid detail, Marthe Cohn, 94, recalled her work as a spy for the French Army in World War II.

Cohn, who is Jewish, crossed into Germany to gather intelligence.

She spoke on Sunday to about 100 people at an event sponsored by Chabad, a Vacaville-based Jewish community. It’s the sixth time Chabad has held a community presentation on the Holocaust, said Chaim Zaklos, rabbi of Chabad.

Pena Adobe hosts natural dye-making presentation

VACAVILLE — Rebecca Mannion, Rush Ranch Educational Council president, will demonstrate how to make and use natural dyes between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pena Adobe Historical Society’s monthly open house in Pena Adobe Park at Pena Adobe Road just off Interstate 80. Mannion, also past president of the Willis Linn Jepson Chapter of […]

March 02, 2015 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

CAASC 18th Annual Chinese New Year and Scholarship Celebration

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March 01, 2015 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Hop to it: Vacaville ready for rabbit invasion

VACAVILLE — Hare raising has taken on a new meaning in Vacaville as the city readies to introduce 25 44-inch-tall rabbits to the community in the “We Know Jack” art project.

The decorated hares will hang out until the end of May in businesses that sponsored them. The rabbits will be auctioned off in June as a fundraiser for the Vacaville Museum.

Sponsors and artists who transformed white fiberglass into works of art gathered Friday at the museum for a sneak peek at the herd of hares.

One two-tone rabbit, done in dark brown and light silver, is affectionately named “Hareshey’s,” as the colors . . .

Copter makes emergency landing in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — A helicopter transporting a patient from VacaValley Hospital to San Francisco made an emergency landing at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday after the aircraft was believed to have struck a bird, the Vacaville Fire Department said. The California Shock Trauma Air Rescue helicopter was not damaged but protocol is to land and the aircraft did […]

February 27, 2015 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Vacaville police clear homeless from area

VACAVILLE — A move by Vacaville police to clear homeless people from an area of town has resulted in 60 arrests for violation of the city’s anti-camping ordinance since the beginning of February, according to Lt. Mark Donaldson. The action came after an effort failed to get the homeless population to voluntarily comply, Donaldson said. […]

February 26, 2015 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Property crime spike in Vacaville tied to state ballot measure

VACAVILLE — A statewide measure changing some felony property and drug offenses to misdemeanors has helped increase property crimes in the city, Vacaville officials say. Lt. Matt Lydon of the Vacaville Police Department, responding Tuesday to comments by Mayor Len Augustine and Councilman Mitch Mashburn, agreed that Proposition 47 has contributed to an influx of […]

February 26, 2015 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Vacaville’s City Coach offers training program for riders

VACAVILLE — City Coach, Vacaville’s public transit provider, is offering a travel training program to help residents, especially those with a disability, learn how to maneuver their way around town on the city’s transit system. The program is aimed at providing an opportunity for residents to enjoy a new level of freedom and independence, according […]

February 26, 2015 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Council OKs downtown Vacaville improvements

VACAVILLE — Improvements to downtown – dubbed “the entertainment capital of Solano County” – won approval by Vacaville City Council members Tuesday including Mayor Len Augustine, who spoke about the business district as “the heart of and soul” of the city. “I just have an emotional attachment to downtown,” Augustine said. “It feels right.” He […]

February 25, 2015 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

City pushes Etch N’ Catch catalytic converter program

VACAVILLE — The city has announced a program to reunite owners with their stolen property. The program is in response to an increase in thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles. Operation Etch N’ Catch, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 14 at Vacaville’s maintenance facility at 1001 Allison Drive, is available […]

February 25, 2015 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Driver crashes into Burger King

VACAVILLE — A confused 61-year-old Vacaville man damaged the office at the Burger King restaurant at Peabody Road and Alamo Drive Tuesday afternoon when he drove his car into it, according to Vacaville police. Vincent Jackson of Fairfield, one of the employees, was on the restaurant’s patio having a meal break at about 3:45 p.m. […]

February 25, 2015 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Vacaville woman dies after motorcycle crash

VACAVILLE — A woman died Saturday of injuries from a Friday motorcycle crash in the city, authorities announced late Monday. Bonnie Whitney, 46, of Vacaville, was driving south on Nut Tree Road south of Yellowstone Drive shortly before 2 p.m. Friday when she hit the center divide. Emergency responders found Whitney, who had been thrown […]

February 25, 2015 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Poker tournament a fundraiser for community service projects

VACAVILLE — Poker aficionados and first-time players are invited March 20 to Vacaville Rotary Club’s annual Texas Hold ‘Em tournament. The event is a fundraiser for a variety of community service projects. It kicks off at 6 p.m. with food and a no-host bar in the Opera House, 560 Main St. The surviving trio at […]

February 25, 2015 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Vacaville council eyes downtown work

VACAVILLE — A downtown lighting study, improved trash receptacles, new kiosks and more shade would be paid for with $70,000 in former redevelopment agency money if Vacaville City Council members agree with a city staff recommendation. A lighting expert would help determine options for downtown and Public Works personnel will test tree lights on a small […]

February 25, 2015 | Posted in Vacaville

Jewish French spy to give community talk

VACAVILLE — Marthe Cohn will share her story Sunday of courage and survival and her experience as a Jewish French spy behind enemy lines during the Holocaust. She penned the book, “Behind Enemy Lines: The True Life of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany.” The presentation is sponsored by Chabad of Solano County. The […]

February 23, 2015 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,
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